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    July 18, 2011
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breaking news at 5:59. boats docked at the washington yacht club go up in flame. what firefighters are telling our crews on the scene about how the fire started. a tour bus traveling from d.c. to niagara falls crashes in western new york. what police say caused the driver to lose control of the bus. good morning and thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm pat lawson muse in for joe krebs on this monday, july 18th. our time is 6:00. it's 73 degrees in the nation's capital. get ready for a hot and nasty week ahead. the worst heat wave in the midwest in years is now moving east. heat advisories and warnings are in effect in 17 states from texas to michigan, as temperatures hit triple digits in some spots. >> and it is hot here as well. we're feeling the effects of that heat wave. this is just the beginning, right, veronica? we're right on cusp.
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this for sure this week will be the worst heat we've had to deal with this summer. >> we've had a few bad days. >> yes, we have. still nothing like it was last summer. we had more 90 degree days to date last year than what we've seen so far this year. so for this week you'll want to get your coolest, and by cool i mean lightweight light colored. but your coolest summer clothing ready for the work week. here 73 degrees the temperature right now. temperatures throughout the rest of the area also running in the upper 60s to low 70s from d.c. to college park there. other locations like reston at 69 degrees. rockville, maryland, up to the north, franconia at 70, and colesville at 69 degrees currently. look at that. it's pretty. a little hazy but pretty. sun just coming up at 5:58 here. your day planner forecast within the next couple of hours, 9:00 a.m. into the low 80s. should be at 83 degrees right in the district.
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by noontime around 90 degrees. high 92, cooling off into the upper 80s for the evening. danella? major congestion if you're heading 270 south and making your way down towards clarksburg. you're going to see your congestion start just as you pass 109 and head your way down. i want to show you a live look. i've been watching this. these cars have come to a stop. right now they're moving pretty nicely. as you're going, you may actually be hitting the brakes quite a lot as you pass 109 in maryland. shooting down 66 at sully road. your congestion begins at this area right here at that bypass. as you make your way towards d.c. once you get inside the beltway on 66, it gets a little better for you. i have no accidents to report for you. that's a good thing. back to you, eun. >> thanks, danella. 6:02 now. we have breaking news in southeast washington. investigators are trying to figure out what caused this overnight fire involving a number of boats at the washington yacht club. a 35-foot boat was among those on fire.
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this is happening in the 1500 block of "m" street southeast. news 4's tracee wilkins spoke with an owner who rushed to the scene. she's live with his story. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. let me show you what it's looking like down here on the water. now that we have daylight, we can give you a better example here. this boat to the left is one of the boats not touched by this fire. over there to the right, that's a boat that was. so just picture that boat to your left, now it looks like the boat to your right, where all you see left, basically the railings and the bottom half of the boat. that's how intense this fire was. there are another three boats involved in this that you can't see from our vantage point. let me show you what it looked like earlier. they had two fire boats out there on the water fighting this fire. as you can see, they were spraying them trying to keep those flames under control. this is what it looked like initially, large flames sprprea from one boat to another. now, at this point they don't know exactly where this started
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or how, and owners called to come down here by police arrived very confused. >> they just called me. i rushed down here from upper northwest. i don't know what the heck it is. what's going on. i was just on my boat saturday. i didn't leave nothing on my boat that would have caused it because, you know, oh, my gosh. i just bought the boat. >> very frustrating for the owners here. back out here live, you can see that once again, they're spraying more water on that boat we were just showing you. they're still monitoring the situation and watching for any pop up there, but if that boat is any example of what the others looked like, they have been completely destroyed down here on the water. now the investigation is going ton to see if they can figure out where they started and how. i'm tracee wilkins live in southeast. back to you all in studio. >> tracee, thank you.
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a blown tire may be to blame for a deadly tour bus accident in new york. the bus was traveling from d.c. to niagara falls when it crashed along interstate 390 in steuben county. that's 55 miles southeast of rochester. police say the driver lost control of the vehicle, veered down a grassy bank in the woods and landed the butts on its sid. at least two people were killed, three others severely injured. the bus was carrying 35 passengers. the names have not been released. a spokesperson said it appeared most, if not all of the passengers were travelers from india. right now there is also a crash investigation under way in dickerson, montgomery county. a car crashed and burst into flames along mt. ephraim road. the crash killed the driver. no one else was in the car. police are asking for help from anyone who may have seen who shot a teen overnight. the 14-year-old was shot in the
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in neck near the intersection of stanton road and alabama southeast. the teen seems to have suffered a graze wound but is not cooperating with investigators. if you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call police. this morning former editor of "news of the world" rebecca brooks is out of jail. meanwhile scotland yard's top cop resigned amid the phone hacking scandal in great britain. the head of the london police department, sir paul stevenson, resigned. he quit under intense pressure after it was revealed that scotland yard hired a former editor as a media consultant. that editor has also been arrested in connection with the scandal. >> i and the people who know me know that my integrity is completely intact. i may wish we'd have done some things differently, but i'll not lose any sleep over my personal integri integrity. >> british lawmakers are preparing to grill rupert and james murdoch. a parliamentary committee will question the duo about the scandal tomorrow.
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today money will be flowing at the white house in the form of the nation's most prominent billionaires. president obama is hosting warren buffett and bill and melinda gates along with other members of the giving pledge. the giving pledge was founded by buffett and the gates family last year. it encourages america's wealthiest citizens to giving more than half their wealth to philanthropic and charitable causes. 69 individuals and their families have signed on to the pledge so far. with one week of failed negotiations down and two weeks to go until a historic default, congress may soon turn to plan "b." that's the plan introduced by senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. it would give the president the authority to raise the debt ceiling but also force democrats to take the political hit. that's why senate majority leader harry reid is working to soften the deal. reid wants to include $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, a payroll tax cut extension, and an agreement on funding levels for the next two years to avoid another shutdown. it would also establish a deficit reduction committee. tea party members are
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expected to introduce their own plan this morning that calls for a balanced budget constitutional amendment. it is not expected to make it out of the house. it's now 6:07. 73 degrees. a stage collapses during the middle of a concert.
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welcome back to weather and traffic on the ones. time now 6:11. along with everything else, we're really going to need mental preparation this week to deal with the high heat. temperatures are in the high 70s. the afternoon will really be heating up.
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a few high clouds with that sun coming up. the temperature 73 right in the district. other locations, tyson's corner at 65. only in greenbelt, maryland, currently at 70 degrees. here's a look at your day planner forecast. the high today 92 degrees. might have an isolated thunderstorm coming our way this afternoon. danella? >> good morning. happy monday. let's start out in montgomery county. still have the accident southbound new hampshire avenue at lockwood drive. i've been watching this. this is in your left lane. the tow truck is on the scene, and hopefully this accident will be cleared shortly. moving on right now, new york avenue in d.c., i can tell you 295 is clear. there are no delays, howev. however, as you pass the times plant and make your way towards bladensburg, your congestion will build just a bit. 66 east at fairfax parkway, you are slow as you make your way back towards the beltway. back to you, eun and pat. the unusual arrest at an
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airport. what one womantsa agent.
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trafg alert for drivers who
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use the rock creek parkway. in about an hour, a new pattern to relief congestion along the parkway. news 4's megan mcgrath is live on cathedral with more on the changes. >> reporter: good morning, eun. you can see behind me here, the road closed sign. this has been up for quite some time. you've not been able to go southbound on cathedral avenue at the intersection of woodley road, not until today. at 7:00 this morning crews are supposed to come and take the sign away so drivers will be able to continue down south on cathedral and jump on the southbound rock creek park. good news for folks who travel through this area. previously, they've had to go down to calvert or one of the other spots where you can jump on the parkway. it's been a big inconvenience for folks. keep in mind, though, this is a very small window of time they're going to do this. from 7:00 a.m. until 9:15, that's when they're going to reopen the southbound lanes of cathedral. after 9:15, they're going to close it back down and run the
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traffic the rest of the day just in the northbound direction. so basically, they're providing you some relief but only during the morning rush hour. hopefully, that's going to help a lot of folks out. they're going to get on southbound rock creek parkway. you're going to have to get at it. 9:15 is when they're going to turn it around and make it northbound again. it's been a tough go for folks in this area. not a lost places to jump on the parkway. hopefully, this is going to help people out. eun, back to you. >> megan mcgrath. megan, thank you. elderly drivers are often teased for driving too slowly, but a new study out this morning shows your kids may be safer riding with their grandparents than they are with you. the study looked at car crash claims in 15 states between 2003 and 2007. while older drivers are more likely to get into accidents, the study found the risk of a child being injured while with a grandparent is as much as 50% lower than it is with a parent. researchers aren't sure how to explain the finding, but they say grandparents may drive more cautiously with children in the
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car and may also be list distracted than busy parents. experts say grandparents are getting younger too. the average age of grandparents in the study was 58. at least eight people are recovering this morning after strong storms toppled a stage at a popular music festival in canada. thousands of fans were watching the band cheap trick perform at the ottawa blues fest when a severe thunderstorm blew over the main stage. band members were able to get off the stage safely, but the collapse sent fans running. at least one person is in serious condition. forecasters say winds reached nearly 60 miles per hour during that storm. the crew of space shuttle "atlantis" is wrapping up their final mission. later this morning, the astronauts will say farewell to the international space station and close the hatch to the 30-year space program. >> good morning, "atlantis." from all of us at the johnson space center, have a great day! >> the folks at the johnson
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space center in texas helped wake the crew up. the astronauts woke to keith urban's "days go by." the crew is busy moving a cargo canister the size of a bus from the station back into the shuttle. once full of supplies, it is now full of trash. "atlantis" is scheduled to undock from the space station tomorrow. this morning a colorado woman is in trouble accused of groping a tsa agent. the tsa says 61-year-old ukari mahame grabbed the agent's breast at a security checkpoint at phoenix international airport. they say she refused to go through the screening and then began arguing with agents and eventually grobb egroped one of. mahame admits grabbing the agent and is now facing a felony sexual abuse charge. two people in that plane crash in st. mary's county. 55-year-old james dayton of mechanicsville was killed in the crash. the pilot, 53-year-old nicholas morales of prince frederick, was injured.
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we don't know the extent of his injuries. authorities say the glider crashed into some power lines shortly after takeoff. the ntsb is investigating. the city of manassas is getting ready to welcome a flood of history buffs for a celebration marking the first major battle of the civil war. this coming weekend marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of bull run, also known as the first battle of manassas. 300 horses and 8,500 reenactors along with dozens of spectators will converge on the site of the battle. the celebration will be great for business. but locals say, even more important, is to never forget what happens there 150 years ago. >> it has a lot of significance to me because i left this area when i was like 17 years old. and i didn't really pay attention as a kid to the wealth of the history here. and i just moved back here from california. so for the last two years i've been doing nothing but reading. >> the reenactment is just one highlight of next weekend's festivities. there will also be historic balls, a parade, and plenty of
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speakers, art, and music to help you turn back the clock and revisit history. if all goes as planned, football fans could be gearing up for the new season by the end of the week. nfl players and owners are meeting today in new york for what both sides hope will be final negotiations. those meetings will likely last until tomorrow. by wednesday, players hope to re-establish their union and approve the new collective bargaining agreement. which would be just in time for the owners to take the new deal to atlanta for a special owners meeting and for their final vote. for the past month, abby wambach, hope solo, and the entire women's soccer team captured our attention during their run to the world cup finals. and what a run it was. >> it was a great run. as we all know, they fell short, lose to go japan in it was definitely a nail biter of a game yesterday. this is new video of the team from this morning packing up and leaving germany. japan tied the game with just four minutes remaining to force penalty kicks.
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in the shootout, a near miss by carly lloyd spelled doom for the americans as japan won the shootout 4-2 to win the world cup. before boarding the team bus, megan rapinoe said, while it's disappointing not to win, it's nice to head home. >> it was definitely disappointing to lose the world cup final, but we have something to be proud of. we're going back it a country that's extremely proud of us, and that means a lot. we've got to keep our chins up. >> meanwhile, japan is still celebrating after its first women's world cup title ever. the victory is seen as an emotional boost for japan, which is still reeling from the damage and devastation from the march earthquake and tsunami. >> megan's right. we are proud of the usa team. what a great run. they played absolutely fantastic. it was great to watch. what an exciting game. >> it was indeed. time for weather and traffic on the ones. veronica is telling us about the steamy forecast.
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it's only getting steamier. it worries me, veronica. >> as we roll through the work week, it's only going to get worse. the heat kind of taking a little bit of fun out of our summer. folks, by the time we get to thursday and friday, it's going to be a little ugly to be outside right now. out there nice sunrise coming to us. 73 degrees the current temperature. watch that wind. it's decreased over the last few hours from about 7 to 10 miles per hour earlier now just down to 5 miles per hour. 73 right in town. mid-60s just to the west of our area from culpepper at 64. manassas and warrington too at 64 degrees. up by 95, 71 degrees in baltimore and 71 in annapolis, maryland. take a look at the radar behind me. it is quiet. we don't have any showers or storms. but this afternoon might be a little pop-up storm just to the south and west of the area getting going there under the summer heat. this big dome, this big ridge of
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high pressure where now most of the heat is over the nation's midsection. that big dome is heading eastward. today mid-90s throughout the area. little bit of hazy sunshine. by the time we get to the end of the work week, thursday and friday, maybe saturday and sunday, it gets even worse. here's a look at the forecast in the evening. from 92, the high temperature today, to the 80s this evening. 87 degrees. we've got a shot for rain tomorrow. by the end of the week, 96 on thursday, 98 and 99 degrees on friday, saturday, and sunday. danella? good news and bad news. beltway is clear. a lot of green for you. that means go. now for bad. heading up 270, it's slow for you as you make your way out of urbana and head down through clarksburg. once you get to clarksburg, clarksburg road looking good. 270 opens up for you as you continue south. that's a little good news. now the bad news. 395 at duke street, it is slow for you. you're jammed as you head from
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edsall to duke and make your way towards the 14th street bridge. ah, a little bit more good news. it's good for you as you cross the bridge. back to you, pat and eun. >> danella, thank you. the deal that was too good to be true.
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get ready for a week of extreme heat and humidity. the d.c. dpw already announced changes for the entire week. crews will start picking up trash starting at 6:00 a.m. to make sure your trash gets picked up, you can take it out to the curb starting at 6:00 p.m. the night before. and we're not the only ones dealing with heat today. heat advisories and warnings are in effect in 17 states from texas to michigan. as temperatures hit triple digits in some spots. much of the central u.s. is under a so-called heat dome, and it's not moving a whole lot. >> that's approaching our area. that's the problem. good morning.
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thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> and i'm pat lawson muse, in for joe krebs on this monday, july 18th. here's a look at the city skyline as the sun rises over washington. 73 degrees right now. veronica, it's going to be a hot one, and we should be paying attention to air quality today. exactly. today we've got an air quality today. it's code orange for today, which means the air pollution concentration could become unhealthy for some of the sensitive groups out there. those are asthma. those are heart ailments, that sort of thing. the dell lettelderly and the ve young too. it's only going to get worse as we move through the work week. you mentioned the states out west due to hit triple digits today. the triple digit readings at the end of the work week. 73 degrees at reagan national airport. let's check out other neighborhoods. reston over in fairfax and fairfax city currently at 70 degrees. folks down south around ft. belvoir there.
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you're at 68 degrees. meanwhile, 69 in rockville and montgomery county. olney at 68. so as we take a look at your day planner forecast here for today, we're going to get up to 92. and by noontime, i think that temperature will be right around 90 degrees. there is the possibility later today of just an isolated thunderstorm, mainly off to the south and west. we've got a better chance of rain tomorrow and really probably for the work week. probably the only chance of rain coming our way will be tomorrow. your seven day forecast is just a few minutes. let's head over to traffic now with danella sealock. >> good morning. still watching the accident. this is in montgomery county. new hampshire avenue at lockwood drive. as you can see, if you're watching us earlier this morning, the tow truck is busy working. they're towing their second car right now. the accident was in your left lane. but now stay to the left to pass this accident as you make your way past lockwood drive. it continues southbound on new hampshire avenue. i want to show you right now we have a disabled vehicle. this time westbound on 66.
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and this is just at route 123. it blocks your left lane. let's jump over to the other side of 66 eastbound. you can see congestion right here at sudley. this congestion continues as you make your way towards centerville. just be patient this morning. back to you, eun and pat. >> danella, thank you. 6:33 now. breaking news in southeast washington. firefighters are trying to figure out what caused this overnight fire, destroying a number of boats. the flames broke out around 3:30 at the washington yacht club. news 4's tracee wilkins was first on the scene and joins us now live with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. let me take you down here to the water and show you what's happening. right now it looks like they're allowing some of the owners of the beats to come down and take a look at some of the damage here. we also are seeing d.c. firefighters walking back along the docks now as well. over here to your left, that's an example of just how extreme this fire was. that is a boat actually submerged in the water. a boat that was about the size of these other boats that you
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see out here. you can see the pillar as around the boat burnt to a crisp. that shows you how extreme the flames were. these pictures show just how intense this fire was. you can literally smell the smoke and see the fire all the way over on capitol hill. i saw it driving over pennsylvania avenue this morning. so i'm telling you, it was an extreme fire with lots of smoke. now, here is the aftermath. you can see at least one of the boats burned and submerged again in the water. and here is the gas. the d.c. fire is trying to contain it floating downstream. there was some gas runoff from the boats that cut on fire. of course, that's not good news for the potomac. they're trying to keep that oil from going down, that gasoline from going downriver, and also the debris from this fire as well. i've got to tell you that the smell of gasoline is so extraordinarily strong here on the water.
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the farther you get down river, the more you're smelling it here. again, no injuries. that's the good news. but significant amount of damage done here to property. and d.c. fire are still working to try to figure out where and why this fire started. in southeast, i'm tracee wilkins. back to you all in the studio. >> tracee, thanks for that update. a heads up if you enjoy the metropolitan branch trail. d.c. police say there have been two more robberies on the trail in the past week and a half. the most recent happened friday morning when a man robbed someone at gunpoint. the trail, which goes from north of the capital to silver spring, maryland, has been the scene of five incidents from may to june. in response the guardian angels have also begun patrolling that trail as parts of it are hidden from the street. the guardian angels will also be walking the streets of adams morgan. dozens of businesses reportedly have asked for the angels to patrol the northwest washington neighborhood on the weekends in order to help keep the peace at night. business owners and residents
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are complaining that adams morgan has transformed, has become transformed into an all night party that simply has to stop. >> there's partying, drinking in public, loud stereos. you name it. anything goes down here. the police have created an environment where adams morgan is the place to go to do anything you want all through the night. >> news 4 had a crew at adams morgan from midnight to 4:00 a.m. saturday to see what goes on. two men were arrested after a fight, but other than that, it was just a loud and sometimes raucous party. a blown tire may be to blame for a deadly tour bus accident in new york. the bus was traveling from d.c. to niagara falls when it crashed along interstate 390 in steuben county. that's about 55 miles southeast of rochester. police say the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, veered down a grassy bank into the woods, and landed on its side. at least two people were killed and three people severely injured. the bus was carrying 37 passengers. investigators will interview the driver and witnesses as well as
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inspect the bus to determine what caused the that crash. and police say one person was killed when a car hit a utility pole, knocked down power lines, and caught fire. it happened along mt. ephraim road in montgomery county. police say, when the car hit the utility pole, the power line snapped and landed on the vehicle, sparking the fire. the driver died. no one else was in the car. police are asking for help from anyone who may have seen who shot a teenager in southeast overnight. police say the 14-year-old was shot in the neck near the intersection of stanton road and alabama avenue. the teen seemed to have suffered a graze wound, a flesh wound, but has not been cooperating with police. if you have any information about that shooting, you're asked to call the police. today two former political operatives for governor ehrlich will be in court for their role in a robocall controversy. >> everything is fine.
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welcome back to weather and traffic on the ones. look outside, we're at 73 degrees already. this weekend we've got a nice break. now temperatures are really going to be rising once more into the low and mid-90s throughout the area. we're in the 70s now from georgetown at 73. 68 degrees, a great falls, damascus at 70. and seat pleasant, maryland, at 69 degrees. your day planner forecast going up to a high temperature of 92 degrees. that will occur sometime between about 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. today. hot today but turning hotter. danella?
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you're starting to see red traveling the outer loop of the beltway in maryland just as you pass college park and ed. new hampshire avenue, a lot of cars slowing down. exercise patience as you make your way towards georgia avenue. and 395 right here at duke street, you're slow. i will tell you you will see some relief as you make your way towards shurlling tirlington, be you're jammed. try to use the express lane. try to use the express lane. coming up, the reason why
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shopping. this morning casey anthony is waking up a few woman, but only a few people know where she is. she walked out of a jail in orlando early sunday morning greeted by protestors. anthony took about $540 from her jail account. there were reports she took a private plane to ohio to stay
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with family, but her uncle there says he has no idea where she is. former editor at "news of the world," rebecca brooks, is out of jail this morning. meanwhile scotland yard's top cop resigned amid the phone hacking scandal in britain. the head of the london police department, sir paul stevenson, resigned. he quit under intense pressure after it was revealed that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant. that editor has also been arrested in connection with the scandal. >> i and the people who know me know that my integrity is completely intact of the i may wish we'd have done some things differently, but i'll not lose any sleep over my personal integrity. >> british lawmakers are preparing to grill rupert and james murdoch. a parliamentary committee will question the two about the scandal tomorrow. metro is planning to use social media to directly communicate with riders. according to "the washington post," the agency plans to send
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out alerts on facebook and twitter about delays and problems on buses and trains. metro has come under fire on several occasions after riders have posted problems online about things like broken escalators or broken air conditioners on trains. after a short break from high gas prices, it appears those prices are on the way up again. right now the national average for a gallon of gas is $3.67. that's up 5 cents from just a week ago. here in our area, d.c. has seen a penny increase to $3.87. virginia has seen a 7 cent jump from $3.52 to $3.59. maryland prices have jumped up 6 cents to $3.68 a gallon. and west virginia saw a 6 cent increase. prices there are now an average $3.69 a gallon. with the clock ticking toward an historic default, congress may soon turn to plan "b." that's the plan introduced by senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. it would give the president authority to raise the debt ceiling but also force democrats to take the political hit.
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that's why senate majority leader harry reid is working to soften the deal. reid wants to include $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, a payroll tax cut extension, and an agreement on funding levels for the next two years to avoid another shutdown. it would also establish a deficit reduction committee. tea party members, however, are expected to introduce a plan this morning that calls for a balanced budget constitutional amendment. it is not expected to pass. today there will be plenty of money at the white house in the forms of some of the nation's most prominent billionaires. president obama is hosting warren buffett and bill and melinda gates, along with other members of the giving pledge. the giving pledge was founded by buffett and the gates family last year. it encourages america's wealthiest to commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropic and charitable causes.
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69 families have signed onto the pledge so far. and former ohio attorney general richard cordray will be introduced as the president's choice to head the consumer finance protection bureau. the bureau will regulate products like mortgages and credit cards. the new agency will open on thursday. this morning the new head of general mills is explaining why food prices are sky rocketing. nicole lapin joins us with more on this story. nicole, good morning. >> a very good morning to you, eun. the ceo of general mills is blaming government ethanol subsidies as the main driver for rising food prices. he tells the financial times that, if corn prices go up, wheat goes up. it's all linked. he says general mills, which makes things like cheerios and progre progresso soup and other things had to pay twice as much for wheat. and corn and oats up 30% to 40%. the company absorbed a lot of these increases, but still passed some onto the consumer. ethanol and biofuels consume about 40% of the u.s. corn crop.
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senator chuck schumer saying, if airlines don't start reimbursing bag fees for lost luggage, he's going to introduce a bill to force the issue. under a new rule that takes effect in august, airlines only have to reimburse fees if bags are lost forever. schumer says, look, airlines should just voluntarily refund these fees upon request. makes sense, right? a fraction of bags, though, are actually lost, eun, forever. you know, sometimes they show up a few years later, but it's just not the same, and things may not fit the same way. >> right. or it may be out of fashion. who knows? >> exactly. >> i agree. all right, nicole. thanks so much. have a great day. >> good to see you. >> good to see you as well. i'll set the bloody place on fire! >> the boy wizard is now a hollywood legend. "harry potter and the deathly hallows: part 2" brought in a record setting $168.6 million in its opening weekend.
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that beats a previous record set by that batman, "the dark knight." hard to believe the harry potter movies are now done. >> my kids grew up watching them. it's hard to believe. >> it's been on fire for the weekend. >> and probably next week too. >> and the movies will be a good place to be as we move through the work week. stay cool. stay in the shade somewhere for sure. let's take a look outside, and let's talk temperatures throughout the area. it's been a while since we've had a 90 degree day around this area. have to go all the way back to the 13th of this month. so it's been almost a week. when you look at the temperatures we've had so far this year for june and july so far, 24 days that have been 90 degrees or higher. i know that sounds like a lot, but looking back to last year, we had 30 days that were 90 degrees or higher to date. all right. we're in the 70s now. 73 degrees. a look at your radar. nothing to report at all. the area right now dry, but there could be an isolated storm blowing up right here to the south and west of the area
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around fauquier county, culpepp culpepper, rappahannock county and down towards madison later this afternoon. just an isolated storm. that is it. definitely a dry pattern and a hot pattern. temperatures in the 70s here. 78 degrees in roanoke. the highest heat, hottest temperatures just to the west of the area. around the nation's midsection. that's going to be making its way eastward. where that heat is right now, there are some thunderstorms firing up around the outer ridge of that heat. for us, you can see that dome heading off to the east. very high heat into areas like chicago, illinois, and memphis, tennessee. by the time we get to tuesday. and then for us our highest temperatures will be at the end of the week thursday, friday, saturday, and even sunday right through the mid-atlantic states. your forecast then for the next couple of days. today's high 92. tomorrow 93. and then 96 for thursday with a high on friday, saturday, and sunday right around 99 to 100 degrees. danella? >> some good news this morning. our earlier accident southbound new hampshire avenue
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at lockwood drive is now clear. that should help your commute some. let's head up to 270. this is 270 south at west montgomery avenue. i did see a little traffic as you make your way towards the 270 spur. you see it's moving right now. just be aware. could be stop and go for you as you're traveling 270 southbound. and 395 at duke street, still jammed. your relief lies around shirlington as you make your way towards that 14th street bridge. i do want to suggest you grab two of your friends, hop in that hov lane. that lane is moving. a look at the 14th street bridge. just a bit of relief for your commute this morning. back to you, pat and eun. >> danella, thank you. 6:54. now a traffic aalert this morning for drivers who use rock creek parkway. a new traffic pattern will be in place just a few minutes where the parkway runs under connecticut avenue in woodley park. news 4's megan mcgrath is live along cathedral avenue with more. megan, good morning. >> many go, eun. take a look at the sign.
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all morning long we've been showing you the road closed detour sign here along cathedral avenue. just a few minutes ago, a road crew showed up. they came, they turned the sign around, and they put some tarps over other signs in the area. cathedral avenue is now open to southbound traffic so that people can jump onto the southbound parkway, rock creek parkway. that's good news for folks who travel along through this stretch in northwest washington. previously with this closed, they had to go down to shoreham drive entrance to hop on the parkway, and that was a bit of a bottleneck. this is only for the rush hour, the morning rush hour period. they've got kind of a small window here to use this from 7:00 a.m. until 9:15. that's when you're going to be able to go southbound on cathedral avenue and jump on the parkway. all other hours of the day. so starting at 9:30 in the morning, traffic is going to run one way in the northbound
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direction. really this is giving relief just in the morning rush hour. the hope here is that this will help. back to you in the studio. >> megan mcgrath. megan, thank you. our time is 6:55. here are this morning's top stories. investigators are trying to figure out what caused this overnight fire involving four boats at the washington yacht club happening at the 1500 block of "m" street in southeast washington. at least two people were killed and three severely injured in a tour bus crash in new york. the bus was traveling from d.c. to niagara falls when it crashed about an hour away from rochester. preliminary reports say a blown tire may be to blame. a new york state police spokesperson says it appears most, if not all of the passengers were visiting from india. a man is in the hospital after being hit by a train in northeast. it happened at the intersection of eastern avenue and 37th street. the victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. his name and condition are not being released at this time. >> get our out the door forecast
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with veronica this morning. hot, hazy, and humid, those three hs we don't love about summer. those are back. today's high 92 degrees. you can see what happens by thursday. we get over the 95 degree mark. and that's when it's really going to be oppressive around here right through the weekend. danella? we have red, outer loop of the beltway in maryland, as well as 395. let's check out the outer loop of the beltway. you're jammed from new hampshire to georgia avenue and 395 as you make your way from edsall. it's a slow ride all the way to it's a slow ride all the way to the 14th street bridge.
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